March 8th, 2009

NRA Shooting Coach Program is Successful

NRA Shooting Coach SchoolThe NRA Shooting Coach Education Program offers both basic and advanced technical and tactical skills coach training schools for rifle, pistol, shotgun and High Power rifle along with training camps and clinics. The Coach Education Program is a cooperative effort of the three major competitive shooting organizations in the United States: the NRA, USA Shooting (USAS) and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

The NRA Coach Schools are taught by National Coach Development Staff who are Certified Coaches that have been carefully selected, based on their talents and expertise in the areas of sports, education, coaching, athletics, and shooting.

Don Sipes, NRA’s National Shotgun Coach Trainer, explains that the Coach training program has been very effective: “The growth has been phenomenal … we had 495 [NRA Certified Shotgun Coaches] as of July 1, 2007, and after [the March 2009 session], we’ll have over 1,500 coaches.” Looking to the future, Sipes hopes to have 1,800 NRA Certified Shotgun Coaches by the end of 2009.

Shooting Coach School
The 2-day coach school is the heart of the program. The instructors use up-to-date materials and PowerPoint presentations to present coaching methodology and a variety of learning activities for all participants. Each coach certification school involves two days of sports-specific lessons designed to teach coaching fundamentals. The following subjects are taught:

Safety and Risk Management
Competition Events
Equipment and Facilities
Fundamentals of Shooting
Shooting Positions
Sports Psychology
Training Planning
Running Quality Programs
How To Conduct Tournaments

If you are interested in becoming an NRA Shooting Coach, you can attend one of the 2-day clinics held at a dozen locations nationwide. Currently, most of the coaching schools are for ATA Trap and shotgun disciplines, but there are also sessions for Smallbore and Air Rifle disciplines scheduled from April through July. CLICK HERE for a list of Coach training seminars (with contact info). To learn more about Rifle or Pistol Coach Education, contact Marcus Raab (703) 267-1589 or mraab [at]

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